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Neighbor of suspect shocked by shooting

BLANCHARD, Idaho - Two Bonner County deputies, shot multiple times Monday morning, are expected to survive their injuries. The shooting happened as they were trying to serve an arrest warrant on Mountain View Road in Blanchard, Idaho.

Detectives haven’t yet identified the suspect, but a friend of the man says he’s always been a good kid and is shocked this shooting happened.

“Never expected, you don’t figure he was a threat like that,” Tom Larson, who’s known the suspect for 20 years, said.

The suspect shot each of the deputies three times. Detectives haven’t said if anyone else was home at the time of the shooting, but did say no one else was involved.

“There’s no reason for the community to be worried. There’s no suspect at large or anything like that. The incident is over,” Det. Dennis Stinebaugh with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said.

Both of the deputies and the suspect were rushed to Kootenai Health, where all three underwent surgery. The deputies are in satisfactory condition. There’s no word yet on how the suspect is doing.

The attack is a scary reminder of the dangers law enforcement face daily.

“It’s something we just always have to be aware of that there’s always a danger, even on sometimes routine calls that we can go on and this is one of those situations,” Det. Jared Reneau with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said.

“I do feed bad for the officers and everybody involved. It’s just kind of a tragedy,” Larson said.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is taking over the investigation.

Detectives didn’t release the names of the deputies or the suspect Monday. They also haven’t disclosed what the arrest warrant was for.